A VIABLE alternative.
That’s what Dr. Ernest Jay Adalem, big cage fan and organizer, is offering to the Philippine Basketball Association which is in the process of selecting a new commissioner.
The founding president of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities and board member of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association, Adalem is among the four remaining candidates for the top PBA job Chito Salud is giving up after the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup.
“I would be an outsider looking in—I offer a fresh take on everything,” said Adalem, who is also treasurer and chair of finance of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas headed by tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan....
Former PBA player Vince Hizon, current league executive Rickie Santos, St.Clare school owner Jay Adalem and former player and coach Chito Narvasa made the cut.
Narvasa, once a PBA coach and now serves as president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, was not part of the six initial candidates the league announced last week. But he made it anyway after the PBA changed the criteria for the post....
In 1996, the NBA named its 50 greatest players on the occasion of the pro league’s 50th anniversary. The list went through a process of selection involving 50 voters composed of 16 former players, 13 from media and 21 team representatives, including coaches and general managers. Among the voters were Sen. Bill Bradley, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Red Auerbach and media reps Marv Albert, Chick Hearn, Sam Goldaper, David DuPree and Pete Vecsey.
The final list included 11 active players, namely, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Pat Ewing, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Parish, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson and John Stockton. At that time, the dominant NBA teams were Chicago in the East and Utah in the West. The Bulls and Jazz faced off in the Finals that season and the next. Jordan was a shoo-in for inclusion but Pippen, Malone and Stockton probably owed their votes to the fresh memory of their showing that season, something you can’t ignore.
While the voting involved 50 experts, there were still many questions surrounding the acceptability of the final picks. Some fans said it was too soon for the likes of Pippen, Malone and Stockton to be named because several retired players were conspicuously snubbed. Former MVP Bob McAdoo, Bob Lanier, Artis Gilmore, Gary Payton and Alex English were among the players often mentioned by fans as deserving to be in the list but were excluded. The inclusion of Nate Thurmond, Paul Arizin and Pete Maravich was also questioned not because they weren’t deserving but because there were others who were more deserving. You really can’t please everyone. In any selection process where there is a multitude of choices, you’re bound to generate conflicting opinions particularly if it involves a popular sport like basketball....
After a stint in the semi-finals of the PBA Commissioner's Cup, Meralco head coach Norman Black believes the Bolts have made considerable progress but still have a long way to go before getting to the top.
Meralco made it to the Last Four of the Commissioner's Cup, but were swept by an in-form Rain or Shine squad in three games in their best-of-five series. The Bolts dearly missed the services of injured forward Jared Dillinger and import Josh Davis in their match-up.
Yet even down two players, Meralco gave Rain or Shine all it could handle before eventually losing, 98-107....
The heat created by the selection of the PBA’s 40 Greatest Players was stirred up again by the ceremony honoring the league’s best on April 8 at Resorts World Manila. Some of the league’s legends decided to forego appearing at the celebration, some were neutral, and others were dissatisfied. League commissioner Chito Salud acknowledged that the association is facing the question of defining itself for future generations, while chair Pato Gregorio urged those who had been a part of the league’s past to care for its future. The lavish affair was impressive in its own right, but some of the league’s elder greats were unable to see the relevance to them.
Moving forward, perhaps there should be a more structured approach to selecting all-time greats for future commemoration, such as, say the league’s 50th season, 10 years from now. Hopefully time will have healed some of the hurt feelings of league pioneers, and a more comprehensive system would have been in place by then. This writer has some unsolicited input for that occasion.
More voices. When the NBA announced its selection of all-time greats for its 50th anniversary in 1996, the process had taken months. The selection panel boasted 50 members of media, former players and coaches, and current general managers and team executives. Those who voted did not rank their selections or take into account the player’s position. Naturally, retired players on the panel were not allowed to vote for themselves. This led to many lively discussions. For example, one debate revolved around the exclusion of forward Dominique Wilkins and the inclusion of center Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq was only in his fifth season then, and had an incomplete resumé, according to those who contested his selection. Curiously, when NBA, ABC and ESPN statistician Elliot Kalb published his own list “Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Basketball?” in 2003, he ranked O’Neal number one, ahead of Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamblerlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||8||8||0.500||4th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||9th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||3rd|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||7th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||8||0.500||5th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||7||8||0.467||6th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||7||0.462||6th|